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Streaking Blue Crew to battle Piazza's Padres

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The National League West has turned into the most competitive division in Baseball. Every team in the West still has a shot at a playoff berth. They were not supposed to be this good. They were not supposed to be competitive.

At the start of the season the division was the laughing stock of Major League Baseball, with many pundits expressing that they would not be surprised if every NL West team finished below .500. Of course, that could still happen, but I think it would be a mistake to believe it’s because of poor play. This division is where it is today because it is balanced. Every team has its share of veteran help from hitting, defense and pitching. Furthermore, every team has their share of rookies destined for stardom.

Tonight we follow the Dodgers as they head to San Diego to face our southern rivals for a 3-game set. The Padres are only 4 games back and could suddenly find themselves only one game back if they sweep the Blue Crew at PETCO Park. As you may already know, the Dodgers are in the middle of a crucial roadtrip, where they faced the Giants this past weekend, the Padres now and Arizona next weekend. It will be like this for the rest of the year. The Dodgers fortune will depend on how we fare against those teams.